ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” has been one of the NFL’s few TV bright spots this season. But despite the presence of Tom Brady and defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, overnight TV ratings for the Pats’ 27-20 loss to the Jay Cutler’s Dolphins this week fell by 7 percent.
Fox’s late afternoon Sunday matchup between the Eagles and Rams delivered a 16.0 overnight rating. That was up 1.9 percent from last season’s comparable Packers-Seahawks, according to SportsBusiness Daily, and marked Fox’s best NFL overnight of the 2017 season.
It showed NFL fans will still tune in for a compelling matchup, but it was still down 13 percent from the Cowboys-Packers Week 14 window in 2015, according to Sports Media Watch.
After scoring 48 points in Houston’s last game, Harden finished with 26 on Monday, but he tied a career-high with 17 assists, finding the 6-foot-10 Capela under the basket again and again.
Another major concern is the absence of Sean Lee, who’s expected to miss multiple games with a hamstring injury. He left last week’s game early and the defense fell apart against the Falcons. With him out, the Cowboys’ promising defensive attack suddenly looks vulnerable.
At 5-4, the Cowboys are running out of room for error. They’re three games behind the Eagles in the NFC East, and a loss here would effectively end the division race. Meanwhile, Jerry Jones’ ongoing feud with Roger Goodell and the NFL owners is proving to be a bigger distraction by the week. Things could go off the rails in a hurry if the Cowboys don’t start picking up some wins again.